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The 10 Best Superhero Movies of All Time

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* Spider-Man Homecoming debuts at #1 at the box office
* Tom Holland stars as the newest Spidey after appearing in Captain America: Civil War
*Watch 10 of the best superhero movies to get you psyched for the latest addition to the genre

Spider-Man: Homecoming swung into theaters this past weekend and debuted at number one at the box office. Homecoming is the third incarnation of the web-slinging superhero in the past 20 years, which started with Tobey Maguire in Sam Raimi’s trilogy, then transitioned to Andrew Garfield in the two Amazing Spider-Man films, and now returns with Tom Holland. Check out the trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming below.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming is projected to top the box office for weeks to come. If you want to avoid lines at the theater and book tickets in advance, snag your seats on Fandango. Meantime, in honor of the latest addition to the Marvel canon, here are 10 of the best superhero movies of all-time to watch after your Spider-Man fix.

 

1. Kick-Ass

A superhero movie meets dark comedy, Kick-Ass stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson as avid comic book fan Dave Lizewksi who is determined to become a real-life superhero, despite his lack of powers. As the raucous film progresses, he teams up with vigilante Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her father Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) to take on crime boss Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong). Winner of the Empire Award for Best British Film, this high-energy adventure is based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. and is directed by Matthew Vaughn of Layer Cake and Stardust.

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2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Although not the first in the Captain America series starring Chris Evans as the titular All-American superhero who defies aging as he confidently wields his shield of “vibranium” steel, Captain America: Winter Soldier follows Steve Rogers trying to assimilate into civilian life. But he’s a superhero, and it’s not that easy. He teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to face a foe he never would have surmised to surface. For a superhero film with a twist you won’t see coming but is thrilling all the same, check out the second installment of the trilogy of Captain America stand-alone films.

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3. Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is the female superhero we have always wanted and deserved to lead a big-budget superhero film. Starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, Wonder Woman wrangled in a record-breaking global opening at $223 million, which is the biggest ever for a film directed by a female. In this case, Patty Jenkins. While you most likely want to see Tom Holland onscreen this weekend, Wonder Woman is still playing in theaters nationwide, and you can purchase tickets on Fandango to book a prime viewing spot.

wonder woman Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films

  

4.  X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past has it all. An action-packed, high intensity story, characters we know and love, and Peter Dinklage. This installment of the X-Men franchise (also directed by Matthew Vaughn) features a scene-stealing sequence from American Horror Story alum Evan Peters as Quicksilver who helps Professor X, Magneto, Wolverine & Co. as they try to save the future from mistakes they made in the past.

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5. Spider-Man 2

In the epic Spider-Man 2, the original Spider-Man played by Tobey Maguire leads an all-star cast including Kirsten Dunst as Mary-Jane Watson and James Franco as Harry Osborne. In the sequel, he springs into action to protect those he loves from the likes of Alfred Molina’s Dr. Otto Octavius, who thanks to a nuclear presentation-gone-wrong, suddenly transforms into Dr. Octopus with deadly mechanized tentacles with minds of their own. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, Spider-Man 2 is, in our opinion, the second and best film in Sam Raimi’s series charting the origins of NYC’s favorite superhero.

spider-man 2 Image courtesy of Columbia Pictures

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6. Iron Man

Before you see Tony Stark mentor young Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming, watch Robert Downey Jr. bring the “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” to life in the first Iron-Man. Inheritor of Stark industries from his father, Tony Stark transitions from working as a major weapons supplier to the U.S. army to forging the iconic suit we all see children wear on Halloween nowadays. The first Iron-Man is a must for all Marvel fans, especially if you love dialogue that prioritizes quick turns of phrase.

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 7. The Avengers

Helmed by the master wordsmith who brought us Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the grounded hilarity of The Avengers is a testament to Joss Whedon’s skills at crafting verbal repartee. Although at the end of Iron Man Nick Fury informs Tony Stark about “the Avengers Initiative,” this film is the first time we get to see the whole gang work together to defeat a common foe: Thor’s vengeful brother, Loki. With Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury all working together, you’re obviously in for a mega-blockbuster.

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8. Captain America: Civil War

Arguably the best Marvel Cinematic Universe film to date, Captain America: Civil War pits our favorite rag-tag team of superheroes against each other. While Iron Man supports reining in their actions to prevent any more casualties or collateral damage, Captain America believes they should be able to act on their own accord to protect the people, no government interference required. Descending into a true “civil war” of infighting among the Avengers, everyone must choose a side, viewers included.

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9. The Dark Knight

Even if you haven’t seen The Dark Knight, you must have heard of Heath Ledger’s posthumous Academy Award win for his uncanny yet engrossing portrayal of the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s second stab at Batman. Playing the hero that “Gotham City deserves but not the one it needs,” Christian Bale leads a cast including not only Heath Ledger, but also Gary Oldman as Lt. Jim Gordon, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, and Michael Caine as Alfred. Do yourself a favor and watch this tragedy of moral ambiguity, where a hero straddles the line between silent guardian and vigilante.

dark knight Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

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10. The Incredibles

A film for everyone in the family, The Incredibles brought us the incredible line exclaimed by Frozone: “Where is my supersuit?!” In Brad Bird’s Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature and Best Sound Editing, we enter a world where the government bans all superhero activities, meaning that married superhero couple Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) and Helen Parr (Elastigirl) are forced to go into hiding and live out normal lives with their family. But when the opportunity strikes to get back in the game, Bob can’t refuse, and all of the Incredibles have to work together to protect the public in this story about not just one superhero’s journey, but that of an entire family.

the incredibles Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios

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